Several of my recent cards have been CASEd cards. Whatever does that means? When I first started paper crafting a number of years ago, I had to ask also.
To CASE (Copy and Share Everything) is something nearly every experienced papercrafter does (or should be doing!) on a regular basis. You see a card in the catalog, for instance, focus on what you like about it, then re-create it with your own spin.
It’s as simple as adding layers, rotating the card layout, changing the color combination or simplifying the project. The main point is to enjoy being inspired by the work of others and make it your own creation. Our minds start working when we study and learn from a project someone else has made. And that means you don’t have to start from scratch to get your creativity going!
So pick up either your Mini or Annual catalog and slowly look through the pages. Don’t focus on the stamps and products, but look at the projects and ideas. Find something that really makes you want to pull out all your crafting supplies and start working. There are so many beautiful and fun ideas in our catalogs, but you might miss them because you’re looking at the stamps and papers (I know I do!).
Our talented Stampin’ Up! artist CASEd the top owl card from the August–December 2020 Mini Catalog (page 62) and the Christmas trees from page 11, to create the other samples below. I decided to practice what I preach (as my mom used to always tell us) and made several my own CASEd cards.
For this card I kept the general layout of the owl card, but changed the colors, DSP papers and dies. I love the Playful Pets suite, it was the first suite I bought out of the catalog! I’ve made several dog cards with the DSP, but needed a cat birthday card for a friend who’s a fellow cat lover. I started with a base of Basic Black and Real Red that I embossed with the Subtle folder. I used the Tasteful Labels dies to create the openings in the cat things DSP. I fussy-cut the cats from the DSP and attached them inside each opening so that parts of the legs overhang onto the DSP. The birthday greeting is from Ittty Bitty Birthdays stamp set. I also fussy-cut the ball of yarn and footprint for the outside and added a set inside the card.
My next card used the layout from the Christmas tree card above and this card from page 11 in the catalog.
I’m still using fall colors for my cards. My trees are cut with the In the Woods dies layered on Very Vanilla. The layers underneath are all different pieces of the Gilded Autumn DSP – aren’t they gorgeous? I wasn’t sure what the gilded Cajun Craze DSP was supposed to be, but it looks great underneath the Very Vanilla piece. The greeting is from the Beautiful Autumn stamp set from this suite on a tag cut with the Stitched So Sweetly dies. Same layout, totally different look and season for my CASEd card.
Inside I stamped the leaves several times without reinking and added a fussy-cut pumpkin on top.
Here’s the supplies I sued for my CASEd cards:
So take a few minutes (or more!) to look at your catalogs and see what you find that inspires your creativity. Then CASE your own card. Whatever you do, have a fabulous time! Thanks for stopping by today! Happy creating and stamping to you!
Janice B at JB Stamper